We came across this proposal for Hartland Commons, a boutique hotel proposed for the site across T Street from the Howard Theater. We certainly think it’s a step up for what we have named the Block of Blight, but we’re not sold on the modern design and the destruction of some of the existing historic buildings.
Given that there’s no development application that we’re aware of, we suspect this is more of a conceptual design with no legs. The design, by Georgetown-based Group Goetz Architects, certainly contrasts with the neighboring architecture, though. Have a look.
While investigating the background of this project, we came across an earlier conceptual design by the same architecture firm, which, coincidentally, is located next to the Swedish Embassy. The façade resembles a fabric we’ve spotted at IKEA— perhaps “boutique hotel” is just a front the Swedish spy agency! If a motorcade of black Volvos emerges from the garage one day, don’t say we didn’t warn you.